Reader of the Month: “George Washington, Reconsidered”

Contrary to what you may be thinking, no, I did not forget about July’s Reader of the Month post! Okay, well, maybe a little. But so much that I forgot about it completely. With just one scrap of a day to spare, I’d like to present to you,”George Washington, Reconsidered,” an article written by my mom. She recently finished a biography about George Washington by Ron Chernow, the same biographer who wrote Alexander Hamilton, the book from which the wildly popular musical draw inspiration. I’ll wrap up this intro quickly, but before I do, thank you, Mom, for stepping in at the last minute (after I begged you to help me out of this jam) and being July’s Reader of the Month! Continue reading

Reader of the Month: “Deep Connections”

Halle Snell is hands down my favorite writer. In fifth grade, I was a co-editor in chief of our school’s newspaper. Every Friday morning in the library, our club would meet, and I along with my other co-editor in chief would give out assignments for the week. Needless to say, Halle’s articles were always top-of-the-folders. It was like she instantly had a creative take on even the simplest of news to report. She would write and write and write while I had pry others away from whatever Cool Math Game they happened to be “totally crushing” at the moment and “couldn’t be bothered” and “would get the article done eventually.” Not Halle. She would have her article done and typed by the end of our allotted 30 minute time slot for Newspaper Club every single Friday. It may be hard to believe, but since then, she’s only gotten better. Her excellent character development and creation of a solid plot with exciting rising action sprinkled with fancy vocab words make for a fantastic start to this sure-to-be bestselling book. I now present to you possibly my favorite Reader of the Month post thus far in the collection, Halle’s short story entitled, “Deep Connections.” Continue reading

Could A Long-Awaited Pop Music Reformation Be In Our Midst?

The tragic bombings during the Ariana Grande concert a few weeks ago was a pretty hard to miss story. Myriad celebrities sent their love and prayers via snapping, tweeting, and posting. Hundreds of newspapers worldwide kept articles about it at the top of the fold for days. In this day in age, it seems hard to miss what’s going on in our world, but one thing we might not be seeing is the change in the genre of music that has been a defining characteristic of American mainstream culture for decades, and what has been one of the signature trademarks of the vast influence America has over cultures worldwide: pop music. Continue reading

Reader of the Month: “The Phoenix Effect”

Hello everyone!

Long time no post. Luckily, I have a few upcoming projects up my sleeve for this summer which I am very excited to share with you… just not at this very moment😉. For now, though, I invite you to enjoy May’s Reader of the Month article, called The Phoenix Effect, a post gargantuanly surpassing the number of words I have been able to squeeze into maybe two or three blog posts, let alone one, and is the inaugural entry of the fiction/fantasy genre in the Reader of the Month Program. I could not be prouder to introduce my friend Melissa’s wonderfully written addition to the world of literature. The Phoenix Effect, I’m certain, is bound to capture the attention of many talent-seeking publishers and agents, talent being something Melissa isn’t short of in the slightest. Don’t forget to like this blog post and leave a comment below in support this month’s Reader of the Month! Sadly, the program’s termination date -rather, month- is fast approaching, but availability ranges from the months of August to December, regarding submission ability. All you have to do is leave your email in the comments section below, and I will shoot you an informational email as soon as I can with more details about your submission! Alright, alright. My blabbering shall cease for the time being so your enjoyment of The Phoenix Effect can commence, to put it wordily. See you next time! Continue reading

Reader of the Month: “Being Small”

     Oh, my favorite Petite Pineapple. Where to begin? I don’t think it merely comprehendable how long exactly I’ve been waiting to press that little blue ‘Publish’ button on the upper-right-hand-corner of my screen. The Petite Pineapple and I have been best-friends since the summer before kindergarten. I know I’ve told this story before, but it couldn’t be more true to the people we still are today. Basically, we were at a before kindergarten meet-and-greet, and we discovered that we were both wearing the same headband. It was chocolaty brown, embellished with pink and white daisies- a real hit for Target’s 2008 devoted flock of incoming kindergarten girls. After that, we were inseparable. At the end of our first play date, post Barbie playing, High School Musical binging and Goldfish devouring, I promptly ran up to our moms and declared that we were best friends. And, the rest is history. Many things amaze about The Petite Pineapple, but her natural confidence is hands down what inspires most. I invite you to read the article she has written for April’s Reader of the Month, and I can guarantee that you will finish feeling just as empowered as well as impressed at her determination, excellent writing ability, and perseverance, as I was. Petite Pineapple, I could not be more proud to call you my best friend!

XOXO,

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Happy (belated) Birthday, Legally Brunette Blog!

My dearest Legally Brunette Blog,

Happy birthday. Or, should I say, happy belated birthday. You know I’m not great with that stuff. It’s been a little over a year now to the day that I worked up the nerve to meet you. You big beautiful ray that clobbered every thought standing in your way until I met you.

In this past year, you have gained 25 followers! Kudos. You have received over 1,000 views, and have published 34 blog posts (35 counting this one). But easily measurable and far from sky-rocketing stats aside, you have given much more than you have gained, and for that, I wanted to thank you. For giving me strong, supportive, and witty friendships I couldn’t have ever dreamed of (Shout out to Sunshine and Shortbread– one of the best writers and most appreciative friends of the wonders of an artsy picture I know!)

Thank you for allotting me perspective- that intelligence takes many forms, and that everyone falls victim to puppy-love every once in a while.

Thank you for allowing me to present a facade of being calm, cool, and collected, when in real life we all know that I get just as paranoid about poor grades as every other student, and that as much as I try, I will be never able to accomplish the hair tutorial blog posts I publish on myself in real life. Continue reading

Reader of the Month: “I am I and You are You”

Hello everyone!

I am well aware that my blogging game has not been on point recently, as I haven’t posted in forever! But I am back with March’s Reader of the Month, E.G., the author of this thought-provoking article on the variety of feelings human beings experience, and how they differ from person to person. A friend of mine, as well as a fellow hopeless romantic, she will give you a glimpse of one of her favorite feelings, that of getting ready for something, and provide critical after thought on how somebody else could react to that feeling differently than she would. I hope you enjoy this article as much as I do, and don’t forget to leave a comment below in response to this article!

~The Legally Brunette Continue reading

Hairstyle No. 4: “Flower Power”

Hello everyone,

It’s spring. Yeah, I know it’s not technically spring, but trust me, it’s spring. I trudged to school the other morning in a fluffy winter jacket expecting nothing less nor nothing more than wonted March 1st weather, yet when do my pleas to Mother Nature ever get answered? Ha ha, never. When I actually feel like going to Michael’s and finding snowstorm-puzzles or cute stencils to decorate my hot-cocoa mugs with, I am shunned!  Well, c’est la vie. But do not fret, for I have a springtime hairstyle up my sleeve! Continue reading

Brunette’s Book Club: Silver People (Not Exclusive To Brunettes!)

        This was one of those random books at the library you find every once in a good while. They’re rare, but spectacular. The story, Silver People, by Margarita Engle, followed an intriguing ensemble cast of characters as they shared their own stories of living life, either working, watching, or leading the construction of the Panama Canal in 1906. 

        The story starts out from the point of view of Mateo, the main character in the story. He’s going through all of the reasons of why he needs this job of working on the Panama Canal. His abusive father. His helpless mother desperate for financial relief. The desideratum for a new life. Every few pages, the perspective changes: Anita, the forest whisperer who sells herbal medicines to whoever will take them, that is, whoever notices her. She is discouraged that her sacred forest is being overrun by Americans. Henry,  a former cock-fighter, is livid due to the utterly inadequate conditions Cubans are placed under versus those Americans are (similar to the highly debated issue of equal pay for equal work, no?). And finally, Augusto, an artist Mateo discovers, who decides to paint the beauty of the forest that surrounded him, while it’s still there. Despite the beauty of each character’s disposition, it’s the character of The Forest that stood out for me. It gave me insight to a common problem we face today in the world; climate change. Humans may reach for the stars, developing, researching, creating, but no iPhone bazillion or Samsung Galaxy S Note Edge whatever will trump the ultimate force of Mother Nature. When you take out the chaos and social expectations and Instagram feeds and Snapchat filters and viral videos and screens and binges and clothing and competition, all you have left is your bare hands and feet, and our Earth. And that makes me smile. Continue reading